When we're on the sidelines, we can learn, practice, stay out of sight, keep the stakes low and make progress steady and sustained.
When we're out in the open, the stakes are higher, the pace is faster, and the learning is a totally new game.
Both have advantages and risks.
One can burn the candle too brightly out in the thick of it. But, stay on the sidelines forever, and you'll never do your projects or your potential justice.
Both options are a choice and can run concurrently.
As always, balance is vital. But it may be worth questioning if you could benefit from more time spent in a different mode.